The two holes at the corners match the two front corner holes in the bridge. share it with us. How do you drill ferrule holes through that body? The two holes for my lay out because it's easier to use Naphtha to remove the tape residue didn't see any reason to polish it and make it look pretty, just functional. A pet hate of mine What size is the 15mm bit in imperial measurements please? Below: Drilling test holes and setting up drill press depth stop so ferrules are all recessed by the same amount. ground stock. it was necessary to drill all six holes since the front two will hold the This is made of 3/8" thick oil hardening Sheffield flat than to try to get Graphite out of the wood grain if you use a pencil Hard as you may try, Nitro WILL NOT stick to Graphite Where are the rest of the build steps?You can view them all here. I find using a bullet tip bit first then gives the perfect centered starting indentation for the screw hole. Maybe you can get Dave to make one for you! holes marked for mounting. You also clamp it to the table, so that what you end up with is a 1/8″ hole directly in line with the drill in the press. thing look out of alignment, but it's not. Rob. This jig is for a Strat hardtail bridge. Note: The size drill bit you use is finish-dependent. The bridge Below: Drilling test holes and setting up drill press depth stop so ferrules are all recessed by the same amount. 1000 degrees for 15 minutes and oil quench. next shot is of the holes counter-bored on the scrap, and they look pretty Maybe you can get Dave to make one for you! I use D2 oil hardening steel and harden to about a For this build, it took 3 holes to determine the correct depth. Oil finishes can use smaller bits such as the 15mm. The You then use the same size drill bit to make a hole in a piece of wood or MDF which is large enough to cover your drill press table. ! I didn't feel When I build my solid body guitars I’ll set up my CNC to drill thru first, then counter sink next. I guess it’s 6 of one and a half of a dozen isn’t it? the jig in the exact same location as the bridge. I use a forstner bit which cuts a clean, flat-bottomed hole and also has a center point which can be used as a guide to the smaller hole. Below: Tools needed: Drill, mounting screws, neck ferrules, bar of soap, 15mm bradpoint bit, 4mm bit, 1/8th-inch bit, countersink 45-degree chamfer bit. Dave Slusser Mixed measurement units. was kind enough to Once I locate the bridge and drill the front two corner holes, I remove the Below: 1/8th drill bit is now used to drill the holes all the way through and out to the other side into the neck pocket. At this point I decided to do a test for the purposes of some pics. Below: All holes drilled for ferrule recesses using 15mm bit. Our friend Dave Slusser figured out a technique, and he was kind enough to share it with us. I Want to Find Out if This Will Work with Your Bass. Read on! Below: Test holes are outside of the main shape for testing purposes. How to build a bass guitar – Mounting the neck – part 2. pcmusic@verizon.net. a shot of the jig secured to a scrap piece of 2"x2" for a test. Rockwell 60. I use masking tape to write on The next photo shows the bridge on the guitar and the Below: Centerpunching holes where the holes will go. Note: This step is split into two parts. jig securely as I drill the string thru holes. corner holes are 1/8" the string thru holes are 9/64". Why wouldn’t you drill the .125 first? Since it's hardened, the drill will never wear it out. How do you drill ferrule holes through that body? Below: Centerpunching holes where the holes will go. Below: Test holes are outside of the main shape for testing purposes. good. Read on! if you're not careful and get it too hard when you temper. bridge and replace it with the jig, using the front two corner holes to hold You then put another 1/8″ drill, or dowel in this hole. Summerhill Studios The final shot shows the ferrules installed, and they look about thru holes, replace the bridge and drill the three rear holes. This is part 1. directly on the body. Here is Below: Finished all 4 holes with the 1/8th bit. perfect. Our friend Dave Slusser figured out a technique, and he I go to about The tape being crooked makes the whole Below: Tools needed: Drill, mounting screws, neck ferrules, bar of soap, 15mm bradpoint bit, 4mm bit, 1/8th-inch bit, countersink 45-degree chamfer bit. In part 2 of this step, the neck mounting process will be completed! Below: A view from the other side (neck pocket.). This jig is for a Strat hardtail bridge. Now I can drill the string Instead, the mounting screws will be inside ferrules. 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